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Doctors tell mother to 'terminate' her baby's life; she refuses and they take the mother off her own breathing tubes

What would you do in this situation?

Doctors tell mother to 'terminate' her baby's life; she refuses and they take the mother off her own breathing tubes

What would you do in this situation?
  • If you had to choose between attempting to save your own life or your child's, which would you choose? This is the choice that Carrie DeKlyen faced.

  • DeKlyen was battling glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, while pregnant with her sixth child. Doctors recommended chemotherapy treatments to prolong her life. However, in order to receive these treatments, DeKlyen would have to terminate her pregnancy.

  • DeKlyen's husband, Nick, told People, "The doctor said, 'If you don't terminate this baby, Carrie, you will die.' But it was Carrie's decision, and I said, 'What do you want to do?' She said, 'We're keeping it.'"

  • So DeKlyen forewent the treatments that could save her life in order to save the life of her unborn baby. And on September 6, 2017, at 24 weeks, DeKlyen gave birth via cesarean section to a baby girl. DeKlyen and her husband aptly named their little one "Life Lynn."

  • If you look close she looks just like Jez! Carrie did make it through surgery and is currently stable. The plan is to...

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  • Nick said, "[Life's] birth meant that this wasn't all for nothing, my wife will pass on and my baby will live."

  • And that's exactly what happened. The day after giving life to her daughter, doctors removed DeKlyen's feeding and breathing tubes. She died surrounded by her family.

  • "We stayed by her until she took her last breath," Nick told the Associated Press. "It's in God's hands now."

  • Through tears, Nick said, "When our daughter gets old enough, I'll tell her the story about her brave mommy. I'll tell her that God gave her the gift of life with an awesome plan in mind and we're not sure why mommy had to be sick and pass away to do so, but it's all a special plan and we must trust it."

Melinda Fox has a bachelor's degree in English and is the Sponsored Content Manager for FamilyShare.com. She loves Shakespeare, listening to her favorite songs on repeat and journaling. Find her at melindafox.com

Website: https://www.melindafox.com/

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